Stunned Everton and Fellaini are out
Published 02/03/2011 | 01:33
Everton 0 Reading 1: Matthew Mills revealed after last night's FA Cup victory at Everton that last year's cup quarter-final exit had prompted his team to vow to reach Wembley in 2011.
Captain Mills struck the only goal as the Championship side claimed another notable scalp to reach the last eight for a second successive year.
Last year they were knocked out by Aston Villa and Mills said: “Last year in the changing rooms the lads were disappointed so we made it our mission to get to Wembley.”
He added: “The boys have been tremendous. It sounds strange but playing a Premier League team seems to suit us.”
Royals forward Noel Hunt said: “It was a great result, great effort. I think we deserved it.” The Irishman admitted they had been confident, adding: “We were to be fair. We found little pockets of space. It was causing a bit of problems and we caught them on the break a couple of times.”
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy admitted he was not as busy as he had anticipated, saying: “I thought I was going to have a lot to do tonight but to be fair the boys did excellent.”
Reading boss Brian McDermott admitted the team had thought they were in with a good chance ahead of the game.
He said: “We thought there was an opportunity for us. We've got such a good bunch of players and spirit and we wanted to take the game to Everton.
“It didn't work for the first 15 minutes, they passed around us.
“But we got the goal and once you've scored it gives you something to hang on to.”
There was more bad news for Everton last night when it emerged that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
The Belgium international missed the defeat to Reading and he will now undergo surgery next Monday.